Bhubaneswar: The Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) has decided to continue with the reduced fares of AC buses of its Mo Bus services for the next two months.
Accordingly, ticket prices of AC Mo Buses that were slashed upto 38 per cent in December last year will continue till March 31, 2020. The decision was taken at a meeting held here today in presence of CRUT MD Arun Bothra.
“There has been an overwhelming response after reduction of AC ticket fares and rationalisation of the overall fare structure. In November, our ridership was around 84,000 and the revenue was around Rs 11.75 lakh. The consistent faith of commuters in Mo Bus led to the rise in ridership and revenue in January with an average of 1 lakhs passengers and Rs 12 laks per day,” said CRUT General Manager Dipti Mahapatro.
While the revenue had dropped by 1 per cent in December as compared to November, a consistent growth of 5 per cent is seen till date as compared to December 2019, Mahapatro added.
She further informed that there has been a 22 per cent boost in AC ridership in December.
“While 4.3 lakh people travelled in AC Mo Bus in November, 5.5 lakh footfall was recorded in December. In January, the growth has been a consistent 9 per cent in AC Mo Bus ridership. As January 27, 4.7 lakh people have traveled in AC Buses,” she added.
Mahapatro further added , “The move is aimed at encouraging more commuters to use public transport services, which would significantly reduce the number of vehicles on the road as well as the pollution level which will contribute in decreasing carbon footprint in the capital region.”